Southern Cross Review

Review of fiction, education, science,
current events, essays, book reviews, movie reviews, poetry and Anthroposophy

Number 38, December 2004

La Orana Maria Paul Gaugin

Getting this issue out a day before Christmas wasn't easy, but if all goes well you will find it under your cyber-tree on Christmas Eve.

The results of the U.S. election was a great disappointment for most, but by no means all of our readers - as we have learned from letters received. But life goes on even with Bush and gang still ensconced in the White House so, although I muse on the tragic consequences in the "Editor's Page", Southern Cross Review again offers a selection of articles and fiction which we think are well worth perusing over the holidays and beyond.

Mike Davis can't help satirizing the White House after all, and Naom Chomsky tells us what a modern anarchist (himself) thinks about today's world. The G�nther Dellbr�gger interview is about the little Vietnamese girl screaming in the most famous photo to come out of that war. You'll be interested in what has become of her. Michael Ventura reminisces on the good old days in Brooklyn when he was a brat there - a subject dear to my heart.

A Rudolf Steiner lecture about the history of Christmas seems appropriate to us, as well as one about Shakespeare, especially as more and more wiseguys are claiming, without evidence, that Shakespeare ain't Shakespeare. Also under the "Anthroposophy" heading, Don Cruse offers an in-depth article about Christianity's predicament between Darwinism and Gnosticism.

Certain that you will be interested to know how the Boston Red Sox celebrated their celebrated victory over the New York Yankees, we show you how in a feature article. In a more serious vein, Jay Williams has written a scholarly article about the symbolic meaning of the serpent in Jewish-Christian lore and its importance for an understanding of the Goddess element in religious trandition. Gaither Stewart eloquently expresses his love for the Eternal City and informs us of its mysteries.

The Poems selected for the Poetry section this month include one by Delmore Schwartz and a couple of my Christmas poems. Some might argue that Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen aren't really poets, but we think they are, so their contributions can also be found under the "Poetry" section. Steve Talbott's technology pieces are always informative and clear and we are pleased to offer another one this month.

If you haven't already read it, chack out an important addition to our Ebook Library: Rudolf Steiner's "Christianity as Mystical Fact".

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You can find us under the Southern Cross constellation in the Traslasierra Valley, Province of C�rdoba, Argentina. Visitors always welcome. Just follow the sign that reads: La Cruz del Sur. See you next time.

Frank Thomas Smith, editor
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Table of Contents

Editor's Page

An American Tragedy:
Nov. 2, 2004

Politics & Society

The White House Rodeo
Mike Davis


Naom Chomsky

Guilt and Forgiveness
G�nther Delbr�gger

Little Heroes of Decatur Street
Michael Ventura


The Christmas Festival

Rudolf Steiner

Darwinism, Gnosis
and the Christian Predicament

Don Cruse

The Legend of Shakespeare
Rudolf Steiner


The RedSox Last Supper


The Wisdom of the Serpent

Jay Williams

Roma - Amor
Gaither Stewart


Miryam - 6
Luise Rinser

The Frequent Flyer - 8
Frank Thomas Smith

Saint Death
Frank Thomas Smith

Science & Technology

The Reduction Complex
Steve Talbott


The Midnight Air
Frank Thomas Smith

Give My Love to Rose
Bob Dylan

Leonard Cohen

In the Naked Bed,
In Plato's Cave

Delmore Schwartz